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The Lakhers


Published 1932/00/00
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Publisher Macmillan And Company Limited.
Pages 710
Language English
Call number 32949
Book contributor Osmania University
Collection universallibrary

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Reviewer: fc.papao - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2011
Subject: The Lakhers
PREFACE

THIS account of the Lakhers was originally intended to be
a brief record of those customs concerning which litigation
most often arises, in order to facilitate an equitable decision
of such disputes as the chiefs may be unable to settle. So
interwoven with the whole life of the people, however, are all
Lakher customs, that I soon realised that the record would
be incomplete if confined to those points on which cases
might arise, as without some knowledge of the daily life of
the people, it is impossible to appreciate either their point of
view or the practical effect of their customs. This book
therefore has expanded beyond its original scope. I have,
however, kept in view throughout the object with which I
started, and have endeavoured to give a clear and detailed
account of all customs which are likely to come before the
courts. All those, I think, who have had the good fortune
to serve in the Assam hills will agree as to the importance to
an official of a thorough knowledge of the customs and
languages of the tribes under his charge, and it is in the hope
that it may be of some use both to the friendly and pictur-
esque people with whom it deals and to those who have to
control their destinies that this book has been written. I
held charge of the Lushai Hills district in which the Lakher
country is situated from February 1924 to April 1928. It
was in 1924 that the hitherto independent Zeuhnang andSabeu
villages lying between Assam and Burma were first brought
under control, so I was fortunate enough to be able to observe
the customs of those groups of the tribe while they were still
practically untouched by foreign influences.

I am deeply indebted to many Lakhers and Lusheis for
much invaluable help while making my inquiries. Without
the ungrudging assistance rendered me throughout by
Chhali and Chhinga, the former a Lakher and the latter a
Lushei interpreter, both of intelligence above the average
and both keenly interested in their tribal customs, I could

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